Wiryono, Wiryono and Yansen, Yansen (2015) THE CHALLENGES FOR SUSTAINABLE FOREST MANAGEMENT IN BENGKULU PROVINCE: A BROAD REVIEW. In: The 3rd International Symposium for Sustainable Humanosphere (ISSH), 17-18 September 2013, Bengkulu.

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The total forest area constitutes 46% of land area of Bengkulu Province. Of the forest area, 77% is conservation and protection forests where tree cutting is not allowed, so these forests are perceived by local people and local government as hindrance to economic development. Currently forestry sector contributes little to the economy of Bengkulu. In the past, several forest concession companies operated in production forest. But their practices were not sustainable so their permits were not renewed by the Ministry of Forestry. A new concession company is now operating in Bengkulu’s production forest. Much of production forest area has been neglected for many years, so some of which has been occupied illegally by local people as well as plantation companies. Much of the protection forest has been cleared for plantation too. Even the most guarded forest, the conservation forest, also suffers encroachment. Deforestation and degradation of forest will continue unless fundamental measures are taken to develop sustainable forest management. Managing forest in a developing country is essentially managing people. So, we must work to tackle the social aspects of forest management. First, we must hold continuous dialog among stake holders to have common understanding on the need for sustainable forest management. Second, we must improve the implementation of social forestry and forest rehabilitation programs which have been conducted. Third we must enforce the laws strictly for those illegally cut trees or occupy forest areas. Finally we should accelerate the creation of forest management units and empower the existing one. To achieve sustainable forest management in Bengkulu is a very challenging task, requiring concerted efforts of all stakeholders.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: S Agriculture > S Agriculture (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Agriculture > Department of Forestry
Depositing User: 021 Nanik Rachmawati
Date Deposited: 21 Apr 2015 09:09
Last Modified: 04 May 2015 13:20

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